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Saturday, 24 January 2015

MChS to Form Up 12th Humanitarian Aid Convoy for the Donbass

00 Humanitarian Aid Convoy to the Donbass. 24.01.15


On Friday, the MChS said that it’s forming up the twelfth humanitarian aid convoy for the Donbass, saying, “We’re putting together another convoy to take humanitarian aid to the Donbass and finalising the dates now”. Part of the convoy will originate at the Noginsk MChS centre in Moscow Oblast; other echelons will come from other parts. Earlier, Emergencies Minister Lieutenant General V A Puchkov said that the twelfth convoy would leave as soon as it’s ready. He explained that the specific content of aid cargo in each convoy originates in requests from local governments; primarily, humanitarian aid includes food, medical supplies, and items needed to ensure continuous operation of energy facilities and vital social services. The majority of the cargo in the previous eleven humanitarian convoys consisted of food and medicines. So far, since August of 2014, Russia shipped over 14,800 tons of humanitarian aid to the Donbass.

23 January 2015




Thursday, 19 June 2014

Orthodox Church Organises Humanitarian Aid for Novorossiya… South Ossetia to Recognise LNR… Refugees Receive Housing in Rostov Oblast

00 moscow. aid for novorossiya 01. 19.06.14


On Thursday, ITAR-TASS reported that Moscow-based Christian organizations set up centres to collect humanitarian aid for Novorossiya. They’re gathering clothes and surgical dressings. The Russian Orthodox Church jointly with the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IPPO) opened a centre for humanitarian aid in Moscow’s Novospassky Monastery (New Monastery of the Saviour). IPPO Deputy Chairman Yelena Amazona said, “Three tonnes of humanitarian aid are ready for departure because the facility is full up. People also provide money. Yesterday, a woman gave 50,000 roubles (1,450 USD. 1,580 CAD. 1,550 AUD. 1,070 Euros. 850 UK Pounds). People also volunteer to put up refugee families. However, Ukrainians prefer centralised accommodation in recreation facilities because they receive refugee status, jobs, and food. We’re sending clothes and food to the children’s camp in Orlov Raion in Oryol Oblast”.

On Wednesday, Vladimir Puchkov, Minister of Emergencies Situations, said, “More than 200 temporary camps for Ukrainian refugees with meals sites, medical services, and immigration points are now ready in Russian regions bordering the Ukraine. More than 13,500 refugees from southeast Ukraine, including more than 6,200 children, are staying in Russia”. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the refugee flow will increase if the junta introduces “martial law” in Novorossiya, saying that such plans would lessen restraints on junta forces. The Federal Migration Service said that some 4,000 people have already asked for refugee status. As many as 3,630 refugees, most of them in Rostov Oblast, are in the southern region. About 1,400 refugees came to central Russia and 1,460 people in the Republic of the Crimea.

As many as 370 people, including 111 yesterday alone, are on the migration register in Vladimir Oblast since early June. On Wednesday, the first 79 refugees came to the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. As many as 200 Ukrainians arrived in Voronezh Oblast over the last two days. Twelve migrants went as far as Khabarovsk Krai in the Russian Far East. 640 Ukrainians turned for aid in Astrakhan Oblast and the authorities created 100 new jobs for them in the region. The Tula Oblast OGA* stated they’re prepared to receive 5,000 refugees. A second station for collecting humanitarian aid opened in Yaroslavl. Samara Oblast created an emergency aid headquarters for refugees. Other neighbouring Russian federal subjects, particularly Stavropol Krai, are ready to help refugees. For instance, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Khloponin instructed acting Stavropol Krai Governor Vladimir Vladimirov to provide 2,000-3,000 jobs for refugees. President V V Putin pledged give all aid necessary to refugees from Novorossiya.

*OGA: Oblast State Administration


On Thursday, Interfax reported that Valery Bolotov, the head of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR), told a press conference that the LNR shall establish diplomatic relations with South Ossetia, saying, “We’re launching negotiations regarding diplomatic relations with South Ossetia; we’re about to draw up the applicable documents”. On Wednesday, Presidential Press Secretary Gana Yanovskaya told Interfax that South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov signed a decree to recognise the LNR’s independence. She said that an appeal of the South Ossetian parliament to recognise the LNR was the basis of the decree. In addition, Tibilov ordered his Foreign Ministry to work on establishing diplomatic relations with the LNR and draw up the relevant paperwork. South Ossetia has recognition from Russia, Nicaragua, Colombia, Nauru, and Vanuatu.


This is IMPORTANT… it’s a backhand recognition of the LNR by Russia. This means that Russia implicitly supports the LNR and Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) leaving the moribund “Ukrainian” state. Let’s not be coy… by doing this, Russia implicitly lays claim to all of Novorossiya… the Vatican and the Phanar understand this, even if Washington doesn’t.



On Thursday, Valery Bolotov, the head of the LNR, told a press conference that doctors found a sniper’s bullet in the body of one of the Russian journalists killed near Lugansk on 17 June, saying, “We found a sniper’s bullet in the body of one of the journalists. The story that the opolchenie caused their death is yet another lie of the Ukrainian authorities”.


On Thursday, Vladimir Rogov, leader of the Donbas Slavic Guard in the DNR, told Interfax, “We plan to create a tribunal, we hope that we can prosecute the people who seized power in Kiev and let the bloodshed happen. The tribunal’s decisions would be in accord with the DNR Criminal Code, and we plan to pick judges from people who have law degrees in law. By no means would it be a kangaroo court, it’d be a real jury trial”.


On Thursday, Interfax reported that Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova told journalists, “We’re providing full assistance, including medical points in temporary accommodation facilities. Every temporary accommodation facility has a medical point where refugees can see a doctor and get medication. Some 1,300 people, including 68 pregnant women, have sought medical assistance. Some 130 people are receiving treatment in hospital. I plan to visit Rostov Oblast next week to personally control the provisions of medical assistance for refugees”.

RF Presidential Administration Chief Sergei Ivanov visited the Pioner children’s camp in Rostov Oblast, where there’s a temporary refugee accommodation facility. The people there said that they hope that the situation would normalise soon so that they could go home. He told refugee mothers with their children, “We’ll do that the authorities will make plans for when it gets colder. Honestly, I can’t promise to you that everything will calm down. We’ll have to think of how to continue helping you. It’s warm now, but we’ll have to look for other facilities in future”.

Svetlana Dobrovolskaya, director of the camp, told Ivanov that 229 people, including 151 children aged from four months to 16, are now at the Pioner camp. The local employment centre assured Ivanov that they’d be ready to put refugee children in schools in Rostov Oblast. The school in Primorka, the site of the temporary centre, has up to 600 vacant spaces.

19 June 2014

Voice of Russia World Service






Tuesday, 13 November 2012

As John Robles Sees It… RF Ministry of Emergency Situations Aiding Hurricane-Struck USA


A true unsung hero of the modern world is the RF Ministry of Emergency Situations (MChS in Russian). 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they’re ready to respond to any emergency, anywhere on the planet. They selflessly and tirelessly fulfil their missions, asking nothing in return. The thousands of professionals at EMERCOM (as it’s known internationally, derived from “Emergency Control Ministry”) save a life every 12 minutes, something that’s truly admirable. The MChS dispatched two Ilyushin Il-76 cargo aircraft loaded with humanitarian aid to the USA, for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The aircraft lifted off from the Ramenskoye Airport near Moscow, which has long-enough runways to facilitate takeoffs and landings of such a large heavily-laden aircraft. The two planes carried more than 50 tons of emergency supplies for those hardest hit by the hurricane in the USA. This isn’t the first time that EMERCOM assisted with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Immediately after the hurricane hit Cuba, EMERCOM was there, delivering building materials and emergency supplies to the Cuban people at the request of the government of the Republic of Cuba. During that operation, EMERCOM delivered over 32 tons of building materials to assist in the rebuilding of the thousands of homes that Hurricane Sandy destroyed.

The Ministry doesn’t seek publicity, or glory, or play politics with its assistance, as is evidenced by its website and the short, even terse, news releases that it distributes regarding its operations. It’s in the business of assisting those in need and takes that mission very seriously indeed. According to EMERCOM Minister Vladimir Puchkov, speaking at a forum in early October, EMERCOM had carried out 40 humanitarian operations overseas since the beginning of the year. That was before Sandy and several other disasters worldwide. Not only is the ministry assisting people in need internationally, according to Puchkov, EMERCOM rescue teams save a person’s life every 12 minutes, EMERCOM fire-fighters put out 300-400 fires a day, EMERCOM emergency response teams and helicopter rescue teams respond to a seemingly-endless stream of road accidents, and EMERCOM bomb disposal experts defuse from 100 to 200 explosive devices every 24 hours.

Almost every week, EMERCOM evacuates Russian citizens in distress from around the globe. Recently parachutist Irina Sinitsyna who was critically injured in California while attempting to break a world parachuting record was airlifted by EMERCOM from California back to Moscow on an aircraft equipped with an aerial emergency room staffed by five doctors, the plane flew non-stop from California and safely delivered Irina to Moscow, but unfortunately, despite the efforts of all involved, she died tragically on 2 October at Burdenko Neurological Clinic. Apart from California, Cuba, and New York, EMERCOM has been to more locations in the last year than most of us see in a lifetime. So far this year, this includes most of Europe, Thailand, the Caribbean, Cyprus, India, Sri Lanka, all over the former USSR, the Middle East, and more. In 2011, in such places as Austria, Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Tunisia, Libya, Kyrgyzstan, and Japan, the Ministry carried out 70 international search and rescue operations. The current mission isn’t the first operation in the USA for EMERCOM; after Hurricane Katrina hit the USA, EMRERCOM was there to assist in September 2005. Three EMERCOM planes delivered more than 60 tons of humanitarian aid, including medical supplies, rations, tents, and blankets.

For some, the birthdate of the Ministry is a point of argument; officially, an order from then-President Boris Yeltsin founded the Ministry of Emergency Situations on 10 January 1994. However, some consider its real birthday as being 27 December 1990, when the Russian Rescue Corps was founded and assigned a similar mission. Currently, the EMERCOM Minister is Vladimir Puchkov, appointed by President Putin on 17 May 2012, who replaced the first head of the ministry, Sergei Shoigu, who was at the helm for 16 years. At present, EMERCOM is working with countries worldwide, including the USA, to assist in responding more effectively to disasters anywhere they might occur. For EMERCOM rescuers and professionals, their mission is a serious one and their only reward is in a job well done. They don’t seek publicity or fanfare, and most of the staff will tell you, when they save a life, that’s enough. So, whilst some countries engage in wars, killing, régime change, and use promises of assistance to further geopolitical goals, all over the world, Russia quietly saves lives and assists those in need, asking nothing in return.

12 November 2012

John Robles

Voice of Russia World Service



Saturday, 25 August 2012

Serbia Asks Russia for Help in Combating Wildfires

Beriev Be-200 amphibious firefighting aircraft


A statement from the Serbian government said Russia would send an additional aircraft to Serbia on Saturday to help fight ravaging wildfires. Several weeks ago, hot and dry weather settled in the Balkans, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit), which resulted in numerous forest fires. In Serbia alone, foresters reported some 250 wildfires in the past two days. Late Friday night, an emergency meeting of the Serbian cabinet of ministers decided to ask Russia for help. In early August, the Ministry of Emergency Situations sent a Kamov Ka-32 helicopter to fight wildfires in Serbia, and, on Saturday, it’ll send a Beriev Be-200 amphibian firefighting aircraft as well. Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov and Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić signed an agreement to send the Be-200, which will remain in Serbia until 15 September. The Be-200 can land on water and scoop up 3,170 gallons (12,000 litres) of water into tanks within its hull; then, it can fly quickly to an affected area and drop its load onto a fire. It can also be reconfigured for search and rescue or cargo/passenger use (72 passengers or 12 metric tons of cargo). Beriev is the world’s only maker of large amphibious jet aircraft.

25 August 2012



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